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Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

We've got the latest info about what's open and safety guidelines in Washington, DC. As you continue social distancing, we've gathered up some live virtual events and other fun things to do that are going on this weekend. As always , you can also check out tons of on-demand virtual museum tours ,...

@tinatin_fhl Washington Monument and National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC
17 Luxurious & Fancy Date Ideas in Washington, DC

If you’re looking for the fanciest, most luxurious date ideas in Washington, DC, then you’ve come to the right place. The nation’s capital is the perfect location for a posh and romantic getaway. From its Michelin-starred restaurants starring world-renowned chefs to its swanky hotels and...

Dinner service at The Dabney in Shaw - Michelin-starred, romantic restaurant in Washington, DC
20+ Hot Restaurants to Try Now in Washington, DC

In case you missed it, the nation's capital has officially become a top tier foodie destination with a stream of accolades. The District has a Michelin Guide , was named Bon Appétit 's restaurant city of the year and Zagat 's hottest food city in 2016 and popular deli Call Your Mother landed on Bon...

Couple dining at Jose Andres' China Chilcano in Penn Quarter DC - Bib Gourmand restaurants in Washington, DC
20+ Great Patios for Eating & Drinking in Washington, DC

Many of the city’s best restaurants and most exciting bars offer outdoor seating, so if you're looking for a safe, socially distanced meal in the city, there are plenty of options. Just make sure to check in on the restaurant's protocols before making a reservation. Additionally, check out our...

Outdoor dining on patio at Lupo Verde on 14th Street - Best restaurant patios in Washington, DC
Cedric Maupillier Dishes on His French-American Mash Up in Shaw

A charming accent reveals Cedric Maupillier’s roots in the South of France. But the ambitious chef (also the force behind Adams Morgan ’s Mintwood Place ) recently became an American citizen, and the menu at his Shaw bistro borrows liberally from the cuisine of both countries. What’s the secret to...

Chicken Coq au Vin at Convivial - Dining in Shaw - Washington, DC
20+ Films & TV Shows to Watch Featuring DC

As social distancing becomes the norm across the U.S., evenings usually spent out on the town will now consist of couch time. Don’t fear: we’ve compiled a list of movies and TV shows that were either filmed in DC or feature the city prominently. Our roster runs the gamut from action flicks to...

boy facing the television watching it in the dark
30+ Concerts to Check Out This Fall in Washington, DC

Alright, so, summer is over (or almost, anyway). We’re disappointed. You’re disappointed. But have no fear! Many of Washington, DC’s amazing music venues will welcome dozens of great artists from numerous genres to their stages. There are plenty of great concerts to see at these venues, and all...

@oceanicoconuts - Friends on swing at The Wharf - Fall in Washington, DC
Where to Eat, Drink & Shop at DC's Union Market

It’s a Sunday afternoon at NoMa’s Union Market , and a couple is slurping bivalves at Rappahannock Oyster Bar while, nearby, a tween struggles to eat a taco while walking. Just across the way, there’s a line forming for either the beer, the bratwursts or both at Red Apron Butchery . Welcome to...

Union Market in NoMa - Food hall and shopping center in Washington, DC
9 Wine Bars & Wineries to Get Your Vino Fix in Washington, DC

Ready for a glass of red? A bottle of white? Maybe some frosé? Us, too. Take your pick of these standout wine bars – where you can have your pick of fantastic bites, too – in Washington, DC.

Pizzas and wine from City Winery in Ivy City - Urban winery, restaurant and event space in Washington, DC
Stars of the Show: Award-Winning Restaurants in Washington, DC

As you may have heard, DC’s dining scene has arrived. in addition to the city's Michelin Guide , there are numerous award-winning restaurants that require your attention. Accolades include Bib Gourmand or star-status in the aforementioned guide, James Beard Awards , RAMMY Awards (honors handed out...

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace on 14th Street NW - Award-Winning Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Washington, DC